Saturday, March 30, 2013

Last Saturday Night

This time last Saturday night some folks were having a fantastic time in Lewes, Delaware. 

Cubby

  We had a wonderful catered buffet by Nage (of which I am still eating the leftovers), followed by toasts then "White Elephant" gifts.  


Java Jones
All too soon we had to leave the Parkview Room to give the hotel staff time to clean the room (I was paying them by the hour!) and we all retreated to the hospitality suite, which was the Captain's Quarters, on the canal.


A Cosmo in the making


You know one of the really great things about this event was how comfortable we all were with each other.  For most of us this was the first time we met other bloggers in person and yet we settled right in like we were with old friends, which we were.  


Anne Marie of Philly

You know, with all the turmoil and negativity in the world today, isn't it nice just to get together with friends and have a good time?  And that we did.  In fact we had such a good time we're planning on doing it again.  So mark your calendar folks, we're doing it again next year, bigger and better.


Anne Marie, Spo, Cubby and Someone

By the way folks, doesn't Mark of "Our Simple Lives" take the best photos?  Thanks Mark for sharing.  Mark and Fred, aka "The Simples" according to Sassybear, two of the sweetest guys and best parents that I know.

Mark and Fred "The Simples" arrive at Bloggerpalooza




28 comments:

anne marie in philly said...

dayum, don't I look as sassy as sassybear? but I'm not as cute as cubby is! and those cosmos, made by nate and later by sassybear, went down (heh heh heh) mighty fine.

to do this again next year will be a blast; I'm just wondering how I can top my performance of this year in 2014!?!

"ah, my public, how they love me!" - bugs bunny

Buddy Bear said...

Fantastic pictures! Everyone looks so happy, relaxed and "unposed", as well as being darned attractive!!

Ron said...

We were very relaxed Buddy. A few drinks and being among friends will produce that effect. Just a wonderful time was had by all.

Ron said...

Anne Marie,

Do they market margaritas? Next year I'll have to have one of those. They give me a nice buzz. Bill will pick me up again, hopefully not in the parking lot flat on my face.

Ron

Paul said...

I'm so glad that your blogging weekend was such a success! How wonderful to meet up in person!

anne marie in philly said...

todd uses margarita mix and tequila for his. I don't like tequila; I'll stick to cosmos, wine, and chocovines! (drools in anticipation)

anne marie in philly said...

thank you, buddybear! this is probably the first time you've seen me, yes? and NOT in a compromising position either! hohoho

wcs said...

Loving the videos! I hope you have more. And Mark's photos are superb! You are a fine lookin' bunch!

Ron said...

Walt,

Isn't Mark (one of the "simples" a super talented photographer? I've hired him to do my family reunion again this fall. He'll also do my class reunion. What I like about Mark's photos is that he captures "The Moment." Plus, he's a super nice guy. Maybe it's the Gallic influence of Fred?

Ron

Anonymous said...

Wonderful. Every time I see a post about the bloggerpalooza, I get to relive those moments! And Mark takes such wonderful pictures, too!

Peace <3
Jay

Raybeard said...

Seems to me that an effective 'remedy' for the all-pervading nostalgia you all feel towards last weekend's event is for all you participants to set up a commune - if it were practical! No, but seriously, I appreciate a large part of the pleasure must lie in the delicious anticipation of doing it again.
Terrific pics again, Ron (& Mark). Frame-worthy all!

Ron said...

No communes Ray. You are right though that a large part of the pleasure does lie in the anticipation of doing it again. I have always followed the "something to look forward to" option in life. When we have nothing left to look forward to, then we're done. And I also know that if you set a goal for yourself, you almost always will achieve it. That has been my experience.

Ron

Nadege said...

I don't know if it will be possible for me to make it next year because of work. Such a nice group of people. Hopefully this will turn into a yearly event!
(Mark always takes beautiful pictures).

Ron said...

Nadege,

You're always welcome. We are going to try and make this a yearly event. Lewes Delaware is lovely in early spring. A bit chillier than usual this year but still very nice. Always nice to get away from your regular routine and spend a carefree time with friends, especially blogger friends who I am finding are pretty darn nice.

Ron

Randy in NEB. said...

Ron, It sure looks like there's a lot of love in the room! Every one is having fun. Almost as fun as a gay cruise, only a lot less expensive. I bet you where a great host, and I'm sure Anne Marie helped as a hostess. I'd like to come next year, if I don't start my own blog by then. Could I show up as a JAFO,(just another f#@king observer)? It would be a looong drive, about 1400 miles from eastern Nebraska. I know DR. Spo flew into Baltimore, I thought about Norfolk,VA. I like the drive across the bay with the bridges and tunnels, two for my favorite things to do! Also I'd like to come because after 30 years, it would let me finally put Delaware on my list of states I've been. Forty so far including Alaska and Hawai'i. Keep the pics and videos coming and here's to an interesting year!Randy.

Ron said...

Randy,

You are very welcome to come! You don't have to have a blog to attend the Bloggerpalooza. Blog readers are also welcome. We had several non-bloggers at last week's Bloggerpalooza. Anne Marie's husband and Java's husband aren't bloggers but they had a grand time. We would love to have you attend.

Ron

Anonymous said...

And Randy, if you did come, you'd be welcome to fly into Richmond, and ride up with me...saving the costs of a rental car and all that! I'd do the same circuit Java and Superman and I did this year: Down via Norfolk and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel, then up the Eastern Shore to Lewes, then back by Annapolis (perhaps with a bit more time to stop in Annapolis and maybe even see the Naval Academy with all the hunky boys there!), and down through Maryland and Virginia on Rt. 301 which is far more picturesque than I-95!.
Jay

Ron said...

Randy,

That sounds like a fabulous offer from Jay Randy! And traveling with Jay, Java and Superman, it just doesn't get much better than that. And that scenic drive is beautiful. Hope you decide to come.

And Jay, LOVE your new profile picture. It is YOU. :)

Ron

Randy in NEB. said...

Ron and Jay, That sound like a plan! I'll have to see what my home and family life is like in 2014. Jay thank you for a most generous offer. When the time gets closer I'll have chat more about the details. I traveled I-81 years ago from Columbia,SC to NY state on company business, very nice country side. So I can say I've been to SC,NC,VA,WV,MD on my travels. Ron, I should send you and Jay a pix so you know what I look like. I'm 6 ft. sandy blond hair(as far as anyone knows) and will be 54yrs old by this spring. Here's to next year. Randy in NEB.

Ur-spo said...

the last photo was my favorite - what an excellent photographer he is to capture such a lovely photo shot.

Anonymous said...

I81 is awful these days. Way over capacity, the traffic sucks. There was a 75 car pile up last weekend, 3 died. Fly in, please! Hahaha
Live to see a pic, my email is on my blog.
Peace <3
Jay M.

Ron said...

Dr. Spo,

Mark is an excellent photographer. He has the eye for capturing The Moment. That's why I've hired him to photograph my family and class reunions. Everyone loves his photos plus he's a super nice guy. He is a gem.

Ron

Ron said...

I hate Interstate Highways. I try to avoid them as much as possible. I avoid I-95 whenever I can.

Ron said...

Randy,

Do it. And traveling with Jay, Java and Superman - you will have a great time!

Ron

anne marie in philly said...

I HATE to be a giant killjoy, but todd DOES have a blog.

arteejee.blogspot.com

so superman needs to get himself a blog too! :)

Mark in DE said...

It really was an extraordinary event. It was like getting together with old friends you hadn't seen in years, even though most of us had never met. Thank you again for all your efforts in organizing the great event.

Ron said...

Paul,

It was a real treat to meet bloggers in person.

Ron

Ron said...

Mark,

Blogger weekend was indeed an extraordinary event. I've never experienced anything like this before and I so enjoyed every moment. It all ended too soon. Looking forward to next year already. Bigger and better!

Ron